a member of a people, probably originating in Asia, who settled in Dacia a.d. c555, later occupied Pannonia, and invaded other parts of central and eastern Europe before their decline in the 9th century.

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Historical Examples of avar

  • The Avar Chief was dry in his manner to strangers; and who can wonder at it?


    R. D. Blackmore

  • The Hun and the Avar had been driven back or swept away from the earth.

  • When the sun rose, Orestes was still sitting and drinking with an Avar chief.

    Historical Miniatures

    August Strindberg

  • Næodunum seems to have undergone no such overthrow as those wrought by the Hun, the Avar, and the Saxon.

  • The Helvetians, and close upon their track the Romans, had already passed the Avar, and the promised grain had not arrived.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

British Dictionary definitions for avar



a member of a people of unknown origin in E Europe from the 6th to the early 9th century ad : crushed by Charlemagne around 800
a member of a people of the Caucasas
the language of this people, belonging to the North-East Caucasian family
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